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17 frontliners in NCMH, 4 patients positive for COVID
NCMH chief Roland Cortez assured the public that all patients are in stable condition and isolated in separate facilities.
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17 frontliners in NCMH, 4 patients positive for COVID

Helen Flores (The Philippine Star) - April 4, 2020 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — Seventeen health workers and four in-patients at the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH) in Mandaluyong City have tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

NCMH chief Roland Cortez assured the public that all patients are in stable condition and isolated in separate facilities.

“The 17 health workers are composed of three doctors, six nurses, three nursing attendants, three engineers, an administration personnel and a dietary personnel,” Cortez said.

He said a thorough disinfection of the facilities was conducted to prevent and control the spread of the virus at the NCMH, which houses 3,200 patients.

Pavilion 28, where the “index case” was traced, has been locked down.

Cortez said a nursing attendant at Pavilion 28 tested positive for COVID-19 last week.

He said seven of the infected health workers are undergoing home quarantine. Four others are confined at the Mandaluyong City Medical Center, one each at the San Lazaro Hospital, Metropolitan Medical Center and a quarantine facility at the Mataas na Paaralan ng Neptali A. Gonzales School and three at the Athletes’ Village in Capas, Tarlac.

At least 247 persons, nine of them in-patients and the rest hospital staff, are persons under investigation (PUIs).

7 Pinoys die in New York

Meanwhile, seven Filipinos died of COVID-19 in New York, according to Consul General Claro Cristobal.

Cristobal said several dozen others are fighting for their lives in various hospitals.

He said the patients include trainees, teachers and doctors who are part of exchange visitor programs in the US.

New York has one of the biggest Filipino communities in the US.

As this developed, the Department of Foreign Affairs said 248 Filipino seafarers from Miami arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal and were brought to a quarantine facility.

In Bataan, the second fatality – a 62-year-old woman – due to COVID-19 was recorded on Thursday.

In Pangasinan, a PUI died while being treated at the Region 1 Medical Center in Dagupan City.

Seminarian Noeh Lombo of the Redemptorist Mater Seminary died of COVID on Wednesday, Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo said in an article posted on the website of Catholic Church-run Radio Veritas.

A 51-year-old man is the first COVID-19 fatality in Tacloban City.

A seven-year-old boy was added to the list of COVID-19 patients in Zamboanga del Sur. He is the third case in the province. Six other cases were recorded in Zamboanga City. – With Eva Visperas, Ric Sapnu, Roel Pareño, Raymund Catindig, Robertzon Ramirez, Ric Sapnu, Miriam Desacada

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